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Theme Narrative

Webpage last updated: August 11, 2022

NHD 2022-2023 Theme Description

Frontiers in History

During the 2022-2023 academic year, National History Day (NHD) students will explore topics relating to the theme Frontiers in History. A frontier may be geographical—an area thought to be on the edge of a settlement. Of course, students are not limited to geographical frontiers. Another definition of frontier is “an undeveloped field of study.” The 2023 NHD theme is a broad one. Topics should be carefully selected and developed in ways that best use students’ talents and abilities. Whether a topic is a well-known event in world history or focuses on a little-known individual from a small community, students should be careful to place their topics into historical perspective, examine the significance of their topics in history, and show development and change over time. Whatever topic you select, remember that you must explore the event’s historical context to be able to draw meaningful conclusions and explain its significance

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